Gas producers in North Texas are now required to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, and the amount of water they use to do it.
One day after Chesapeake Energy announced to cut back on its drilling operations, independent contractors report job cuts have already began inside other companies that depend on the Barnett Shale.
Chesapeake Energy’s decision to scale back gas production and drilling on the Barnett Shale is expected to take a similar toll on city revenue in Fort Worth and on private citizens.
With natural gas positioned as the energy source to power Texas homes for 200 years, Larry Langston expected to get at least a few decades of production out of the gas under his land.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking — a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells — may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.
The day Melissa McDougall told the Fort Worth zoning committee she was concerned about unsecured gas facilities in the city, she expected to find the problem solved. That afternoon, though, friends photographed gates wide open at Chesapeake Energy’s Mercado compressor station, she said.
Just three days after Fort Worth extended its on five-year ban on burying gas drilling waste in the city, CBS11 has discovered the city could lift the ban by December.
Drilling is at a seven-year low in the North Texas natural gas fields. But even as drilling pace slackens in the Barnett Shale, it’s booming in other oil and gas fields of Texas such as the Permian Basin of West Texas and the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas.
On Friday, Governor Rick Perry announced his plan to help millions of unemployed Americans. At a steel plant outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Governor Perry said the answer is to take what’s happening in the Barnett Shale in North Texas — and recreate it in other parts of the country.
Natural gas companies have only been drilling the Barnett Shale for a decade, but the amount of economic activity that generates annually has already sailed past what aircraft manufacturing and transportation bring to the region, the Fort Worth City Council was told Tuesday.
Fort Worth is enforcing new rules for operators hunting down natural gas deposits in the city.
During a Friday visit to Denton, Governor Rick Perry signed into law a bill that requires natural gas drillers to disclose what chemicals they pump into the ground to fracture the rock where gas deposits are.